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  1. Messipaw

    Looks like maggots at the bottom of my water bowl!!!!

    Hi All, Has anyone had this happen to them? I have found on two different occasions what appears to be maggots at the bottom of my chickens water bowl. They are small tan worms-definitely look like maggots. they are still alive in the water. I'm grossed out and don't know what to do. I am...
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    Please help-----Has anyone used Dr Bronners Castile Liquid Soap-Peppermint for mice/rats/vole??

    I read an post on here on ridding rats from the chicken pen. Someone mentioned using Dr Bronners Castile Liquid Soap-Peppermint mixed with water. We have never had an issue before. We have had a pretty mild winter here in NY. The ground is certainly not frozen. I have been finding holes...
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    Help! Something is burrowing holes in my chicken pen

    Please help. Something is making burrowing holes from under the ground into my chicken pen. What ever it is getting into the coop and eating the chicken feed because I am finding little pellet poops in the nesting box. I'm not sure what it is - I'm assuming it's a rat, mouse, mole or vole...
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    Please help! What is this

    I cracked a fresh egg this morning and found what looks like a worm.
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    Help. . I think my hen has a broken egg inside her

    My three year old RIR is acting lethargic and her tail is dropping and hanging low. She went under the coop tonight instead of roosting in it. I've noticed runny poop with what looked like egg yolk in it. Her vent feathers had some yolk on them. Any suggestions on what I can and should do for...
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    Help. . I think my hen has a broken egg inside her

    My three year old RIR is acting lethargic and her tail is dropping and hanging low. She went under the coop tonight instead of roosting in it. I've noticed runny poop with what looked like egg yolk in it. Her vent feathers had some yolk on them. Any suggestions on what I can and should do...
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    Please help! Should I worry about this?

    This is my one year old EE. She looks like she is in a lite molt. I checked for lice and mites and nothing. Should I be worried about this rash like look on her face and neck? [/IMG]
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    Can I give my hens a Calcium D3 Supplement?

    I want to try using these in my hens water - Spring Valley Calcium plus Vitamin D3 Dietary Supplement Softgels, 1200mg. I could poke a hole in them and add it to their water. ImI'having a problem with softed shelled eggs?
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    Soft shell eggs and a mess.

    Found this unfortunate egg mess in the nest box this morning. I'm concerned. What should I do? I have eight hens. This definitely has to be one of my three RIRs or my BR they were all born January 2012 so they are about 3 1/2 now. They are on a layer feed with free choice high protein...
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    Help----yellow yolk in the nesting box

    Help----yellow yolk in the nesting box. I have recently been finding yellow yolk spots in the nesting boxes. I have found soft shell eggs once in a while as well. I have a fake ceramic egg in the nest box that has sticky yellow yolk on it. I think I know which chicken it is but I am not...
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    Suggestions Please: found an egg stash

    Hi I have eight hens. We have a eight by five Amish coop. We also have a small rabbit hutch and a small two chicken coop in a 18x24 gated pen. All together there are five nesting boxes. We needed to remove the small rabbit hutch do to rotting. It seems it was the favorite nest for egg...
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    Can I mix cedar and pine shavings?

    Can I mix pine and cedar small animal bedding in my coop and run. I use the DLM in my coop and our run is covered and wrapped in plastic with top ventilation.
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    So exciting. We are getting eggs from our baby hens

    The two eggs in the middle are from two of our three hens born in June. One is from our black laced Wyandotte Morticia and the other from one of our EEs. So exciting.
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    I'm so sad

    Today was a horrible day for me and my hen Henny. We found my poor girl floating in the Koi pond. I'm so sad. So so sad. I feel horrible . RIP my sweet girl. I'm so sorry this happened.
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    My Barred rock chicken lost so many feathers

    My Barred Rock chicken is about two years old. This morning I went to the coop and it looked like she exploded. There were feathers everywhere. Most of them were missing from her butt and vent area. What would cause all the feathers to come out at once. I'm hoping a molt. No other of my...
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    Help--Sleeping on the roosting bar at night

    Sleeping on the roosting bar at night.--------------------- I have nine hens. Six are almost three yrs old and three are not even a year yet. The three younger ones should be laying in December. They integrated nicely and for the most part there are no major issues with squabbling or pecking...
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    Issue with a “yolkie like sticky fluid” on eggs!!

    Issue with a “yolkie like sticky fluid” on eggs!! Help what’s wrong? Hi I have six laying hens-2 BR’s, 3 RIR’s and 1 EE. All were born January 2012. (going to be 3 yrs. old). They are going thru a molt and my EE is broody. In the last two weeks three times I found the eggs in the nest box...
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    Is the Deep Liter Method difficult to accomplish?

    I've read so many good things and post about the DLM. I would love to try it in our coop. Currently in our coop I have a mix of compost, pine shavings, leaves, PDZ and DE on the floor. The coop has a raised wood floor that my husband covered with a floor from home Depot. Our run is a running...
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    When will they lay? Born around June 1st

    Hi I have three new girls. They were hatched the last week of May about. I brought them home on June 1st and they were about a week old. There is one black laced Wyandotte and two EEs. When will they start to lay about? As of now they are not doing the submission squat. Thank you.
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    Coop size... Please reply

    This is my Lancaster Chicken coop that sits within a 16x20 pen with a gate that leads free-ranging. It has has nesting boxes, door that locks on the side, door and ramp for chickens to go down on the other side,section in back that opens up top, windows in front that open and close..with...
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